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  • I\'d love to see completely new SKSs come out with all sorts of options like different calibers, fin

    Votes: 22 46.8%
  • I\'d like to see an exact pattern reproduction made of the originals.

    Votes: 3 6.4%
  • I\'d like to see them made with both US and original parts, like most AKs, FALs, and G3s.

    Votes: 2 4.3%
  • I wouldn\'t find them practical or worth the money.

    Votes: 5 10.6%
  • I think it would cease to be everything an SKS is.

    Votes: 3 6.4%
  • Don\'t you have better things to do with your life than to post silly polls like this? Get a girlfr

    Votes: 12 25.5%
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Tradehawker LLC / www.tradehawker.com / Jn 17:17
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Well I think the SKS design is greatly underappreciated. Simonov scaled down his 14.5mm anti-tank rifle to create the first SKS prototype that saw action on the Eastern Front late in WW2. I know of one manufacturer that has built a 50 cal. around the Simonov design (Pauza P50). So the unpatented Simonov design could take a 7.62X51 easily if the reciever was lengthened.

The Chinese have long considered the SKS a supurb rifle, and have modified its original design into the type 68,72, and 84. The 68 and 72 have AK mag modification, selector switches and gas cutoffs (grenade launcher). The type 84 is a military issue SKS without a selector switch designed to take an AK mag. The type 84 has a button on the top of the cocking handle that, when depressed, holds the bolt at the rear during mag changes.

I think the SKS design would FLOURISH under US manufacture if the right calibers were offered to meet demand and the production costs didn't outweigh the profit margin.


Jesse
 

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Tradehawker LLC / www.tradehawker.com / Jn 17:17
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http://www.teppojutsu.com/Pauza Guns.htm

Here is the Pauza P-50 (top). If you notice, the barrel assembly and gas tube is a scaled up, modernized Simonov system.

An American made Simonov carbine/rifle system could have a pistol grip and a detachable mag under the '94 Crime Bill's provisions.

If the reciever was lengthened, a 7.62X51 and a .243 would be really nice. If the system were set up right, you could change calibers with a barrel change. Interesting!


Word has it that Professional Ordinance will have their carbon fiber Simonov/Galil rifle on the market soon. 7.62X39 and takes all AK mags.

Jesse
 

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Tradehawker LLC / www.tradehawker.com / Jn 17:17
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Calvin,

Yes, the 7.62X54 was tested early in the SKS's development. The Soviets apparently came up with the 7.62X39 by 1943... hence its M43 designation by the Soviet military. The 7.62X54 is a stout round, (100-150fps faster than the US 30/06 military ball,WW2 era). The round tore through the SVD rifles, wearing them down. You would think that this alone would be enough for the M43's development, but from what I have read, the Soviets came up with the idea from the Nazi's shortened 8mm round that I think was used in the MP 44.


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